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Pa. Chief Held Without Bail After Cover-up Charges

Pa. Chief Held Without Bail After Cover-up Charges

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The AP via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

At the hearing, a federal prosecutor alleged that Nestor had driven a cooperating witness in the extortion investigation to an isolated area and ordered him to strip before returning him unharmed to his home.

The officers pleaded not guilty, and the others were released to home confinement. The arrests leave the borough of 5,000 with three active-duty police officers.

A third federal indictment charges Brandon Piekarsky, 18, and Derrick Donchak, 19, with a hate crime in connection with the July 2008 attack on Ramirez, 25, an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

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Early in the Ramirez investigation, Schuylkill County prosecutors determined that they had a serious problem with the Shenandoah police, District Attorney James Goodman said yesterday, adding that he asked the Justice Department to investigate the force.

In the civil lawsuit, court documents allege that Gennarini and Capt. Raymond Nestor – the chief’s father – arrested David Vega at his home shortly before 8:55 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2004, while responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

“While in police custody . . . Vega was beaten to death and then hung from the bars of a holding cell to make it appear as if he had committed suicide,” the lawsuit said. Vega, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m.

Karoly said the coroner accepted Chief Nestor’s explanation that Vega’s bruises had come as he resisted arrest. An autopsy arranged by the family confirmed Vega “suffered extensive, massive injuries consistent with a profound beating. . . . The defendant did not die of hanging,” the suit said.

Chief Nestor’s attorney insists otherwise, writing in court papers: “The only credible independent evidence to date establishes that David Vega committed suicide.”

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    bfriskey

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    WOW..How we judge w/o all the facts..We don't know these people are untrained, we don't know if the rest of the dept is guilty of anything but ignorance.We do seem to know that the chief (capital letter deliberately ignored) seems to be guilty of many crimes. Let's not blame the entire community for one man's( plus accomplices) wrong doing...Many Thanks to the guys who have to do the dirty job and go after the bad LEO's.Many thanks to the Judge who ordered no bail.Send a message this is happening all too often and the Law Enforcement Community suffers as a whole each time we read about another such occurrence...It's a thankless job for which I am personally thankful that we have the oversight..After all, who watches the watchers ?? God Bless all who must stand tall in this mess, again...Once again, the few make it hard for the many...
    The views expressed here is common opinion of law enforcement as a whole..It sucks ,most are hard working men and women who do the job for the big bucks, oh yeah pay isn't that good..MUST BE FOR THE HONOR of SERVING... Remember all the friends who just kinda 'went away' after you were sworn in ??? Think about it, were they BAD people/Probably not, they just don't trust cops, period.
    This article contains a lesson for all. Question is, are we listening ??

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    no doubt this is going to be a mess

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    And... His father is the Captain...? OK.
    Thumbs up for the Judge to deny bail.
    Thumbs up for the DOJ and the FBI for getting involved to clean up this mess.

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    jquinonez77

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    WTF really a 33 year old " chief " UMMMMMMMMM missing lots of experience. while others pay the price for his stupid in maturity.

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    DetSgt

    over 4 years ago

    300 Comments

    Boy am I happy that I retired over 15 year's ago, this type of thing is so far out there in this day and age. Let the lawfull process happen and then change out or rehire people for the whole Department. Thoses that are working there now after a proper background investigation should be the first hired or kept on the job.
    Bill

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    Chief171

    over 4 years ago

    3194 Comments

    Sounds like a lot of trouble coming for this area. I sure would not want to be in their shoes.

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    FCPD0341

    over 4 years ago

    792 Comments

    33 year old police cheif? Thats the problem with law enforcement in PA. These tiny 5 man back water deptartmnets with no training and little or no hiring standards. I worked in PA as a deputy sheriff for a few years and now after seeing how a larger jurisdiction does things PA is simply way behind the times when it comes to policing. There is little or no over sight for these types of agencies and it is very much a good ol boy network. PA needs to come to the realization that not only do these types of departments have a higher rate of incidents like this but also its just economically smarter to just have a county or regional police force. Not 50 3 to 5 man agencies. Not all these agencies are bad but its just the fact that being from PA I hear about this type of stuff way to often.

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    rmstone

    over 4 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Wow, look like this police department needs to be disbanded. Start over with new faces and an appropriate command staff.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    45826 Comments

    As of now, it sounds as if this department needs a shake up from the top down.

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10986 Comments

    WOW Be interesting to see how this one turns out.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This puts a HUGE black mark on that entire department. Unbelievable!!!

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23110 Comments

    Hold his feet to the fire.

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